Refugee Boy, Benjamin Zephaniah
Benjamin Zephaniah

Refugee Boy

Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they are staying at to find the unthinkable. His father has left him. It is only when the owner of the bed and breakfast hands him a letter that Alem is given an explanation. Alem's father admits that because of the political problems in Ethiopia both he and Alem's mother felt Alem would be safer in London – even though it is breaking their hearts to do this. Alem is now on his own, in the hands of the social services and the Refugee Council. He lives from letter to letter, waiting to hear from his father, and in particular about his mother, who has now gone missing… A powerful, gripping new novel from the popular Benjamin Zephaniah
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petestallardhas quotedlast month
lem panicked. ‘Ishi abbaye,’ he said.

His father’s response was swift. ‘English, I said.’

‘Yes, Father.’

‘Now what did you say?’

Alem looked back towards passport control. ‘Father, that man who looked at the passports, what was wrong with him?’

‘He looked all right to me.’

‘I think something was wrong with his hair, he looked burned. Did you see his hair? It was red, red like sunset, he looked hot, he looked burned.’
Karla Villarreal
Karla Villarrealhas quoted2 months ago
of one sort or another.
melike kahriman
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taxi pulled up outside the hotel. It was an old-fashioned building that looked to Alem

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